Well, Howdy-do and Happy New Year to you! I don’t know about you but for me the holidays seemed to have whirled by so fast! And now, here we are, at the beginning of a whole new year and I LOVE it!! I absolutely get giddy about having a fresh new start! The things that didn’t go well last year, and the things I didn’t accomplish that I wanted to, I just tell myself “no worries!”. For today is a new day! It’s a new year! God’s mercies are new every morning and I’m so thankful I get to start anew! So sister, I’m energized and raring-to-go! 2016, let’s do this!!
So, the first thing I’m going to do this week is to make my list of very specific goals with completion dates and keep it out so I can review them daily (out of sight, out of mind! :D).
In general terms, I’d like to share with you some of the things I ‘ll be working on. With hands on my hips and my sturdy apron on this year I plan to:
- Simplify and get more organized (this seems to be on ongoing process! hee hee!:D)
- Incorporate more ways to add vintage goodness into my life
- Finish writing my ebook
- Get fit and healthy
- Think of ways to bless my family and others
- Grow closer to the Lord
- Spend more time with my grandbabies
- And to continue working toward encouraging you, my dear Sugar Pie, to keep the “Sweet” in Home, Sweet, Home… with lots of down-home goodness!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… ONE of the most important roles that our society and our world depends on us for is the role of Homemaker and mother! Our job is to be faithful in nurturing our home and family! Wholesomeness, goodness, love, care, guidance, nurturing and nourishment…are all words that describe what our families need to thrive!
I know that there are people out there who think taking care of your home and family isn’t a job. Nor do they think it’s important. But, Abraham Lincoln himself said, “The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.”. He also said “All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel Mother”. Well, I’m not going to argue with good old Abe! A great nation does begin with a good and loving home. If you’re doing it right, it’s hard work. The future adults that we are raising are going to either be a benefit or detriment to society. That’s how important our job is. Mother Teresa said “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family!”. Amen Sistah!
So from me to you, dear Sugar Pie and homemaker, know that YOU are highly valuable and vitally needed! Keep up the good hard work! When you begin to grow weary remind yourself that the good seeds you are sowing will, in due season, become a bountiful harvest. And might I add, I’m not talking about being the “perfect” mother or keeping a “perfect” home. No way! I’m talking about doing what you can to the best of your ability to love and care for your family. That’s my message here at Sugar Pie Farmhouse! (As a side-note, I wholeheartedly believe the role of father and grandfather is equally as important but since I speak to primarily women on this blog, the homemaker is my focus. And when I say homemaker, I speak to every woman. Whether you work inside or outside of your home. If you live in a home, have a family and are taking good care of them you’re a homemaker.
Of course the most important truth comes from God’s Holy Bible. Titus 2:1-5 says “Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine… guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives.”. I love the part in that verse that admonishes us women to be “models of goodness”.
In fact, every year I pray about a word that will be my theme to focus on. This year the Lord impressed upon my heart the word is Goodness. As in, Old fashioned Goodness! The kind of goodness that we need more of in our culture and social media.
Here’s the thing… there’s a lot of turmoil, dishonor and darkness out there in this big old world. If you own a TV and flip through the channels, from the shows to the News, you will quickly see, by the language and content, that there’s been a huge decline of the good morals and values here in America and around the world. The same is true with those who use their bullying tactics on social media, displaying their lack of goodness…you know, those things that we teach our children at home which make a better society and nation.
- good will
- and just plain ol’ doing and saying the right thing to help and encourage each other.
I like to think of this kind of Old Fashioned Goodness as the “Mayberry” kind of Goodness. Good-heartedness that blesses others. We need to bring Mayberry back!
Someone once said “Our smile is the front porch of our heart”. Every day we have an opportunity to bring love, joy, comfort, peace, encouragement and kindness to our family, those we meet along life’s pathway and here on the Internet.
Someone else said, “Be kind to everyone you meet because you never know what battles people are fighting.” Yes and amen! Good people bring out the good in people with words of goodness.
I feel like my blog is like the front porch to my home. And I love inviting you in to share tips, recipes, decorating ideas, thoughts about family life and even my faith. Y’all have been so kind and gracious with your uplifting comments through the years, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thanks for being my friendly Mayberry kind of neighbor! I could just hug you right now and offer you a slice of pie with a hot cup of something yummy!
Filling our lives and homes with Old Fashioned, Mayberry-Kind-of-Goodness is quite simple really and will enrich our lives with abundant joy! Living the Mayberry way will make a difference in our lives, our relationships and in our society.
Here are some ways to bring a little Mayberry back:
- Smile more! :D Scientists say that if you start smiling even when you don’t feel like it, it sends a message to your brain that says “I think I’m happy!” and you’ll start to feel happier.
- Intentionally think of ways you can bless your family and others. Everyone needs encouragement so why not leave notes of praise to hubby and the kids. Every now and then I’ll text an “I’m so proud of you” note to my family members and friends.
- Make home a delightful and cozy place for family and friends.
- Live The Golden Rule: “Do for others as you would have them do for you!” Matthew 7:42
- Look for ways to help those in need.
- Enjoy the simple pleasures of God’s blessings and goodness. Be thankful and say so!
- Keep a happy attitude! Do that by being thankful. Thankful people are happy people! “The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, it starts feeling like one.” ~unknown
- Be like the warm sunshine for others instead of a dark, damp cloud…Andy Griffith was good at that!
- Take good care of your home, it makes your family feel loved and cared for…like Aunt Bee did!
- Be neighborly and kind. Gracious and sweet…like Gomer on Mayberry RFD!
- Bake something yummy for someone who could use some cheering up…like Aunt Bee would do!
- Give your children the gift of happy memories…like Andy and Aunt Bee did for Opie!
Those are just a few ideas to get us started! Let’s be willing to do what we can to preserve wholesomeness and goodness in our homes and lives.
To start off this new year with a whole lot-a happy,
I am putting a box of Mayberry-inspired goodies
together for a GIVE-AWAY to one blessed gal!!
To enter this contest, I would love to hear your ideas on how to bring more of that
Old-Fashioned-Mayberry-Kind-of-Goodness into our lives! Please share!
(if you are reading this post in your email,
you need to come to Sugar Pie Farmhouse
website to enter your comment so you’ll have a chance to win!)
Well, If the Good Lord’s willin’
and the creek don’t rise
I’ll be back real soon!
God Bless your darlin’ heart!